Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • A 34-year veteran and a second generation employee of the National Park Service (NPS), I served as a superintendent for 29 of those years; most recently as superintendent of Bryce Canyon National Park until my retirement. Prior superintendencies were as the first superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida for ten years and my first, as superintendent of Mound City Group National Monument in Ohio. During my NPS career, I also worked at Chiricahua, Saguaro, Florissant Fossil Beds, and Effigy Mounds National Monuments, Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon National Parks, and National Capitol Parks. For 28 years of my career I was also a federal law enforcement officer.

  • I'm an adventurist, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, filmmaker, and musician. The director of the award-winning documentary film, Between The Peaks, the founder of Explore Inspired, and the co-founder of Caffé Ronzio.

    I've backpacked through and climbed mountains on four continents, volunteered across the Americas, consulted and managed marketing communications for some of the world's biggest brands, and I’m still traveling and writing with intent to inspire.

  • I regularly paddle the national park units along Lake Superior as owner of North Shore Expeditions, a sea kayak guiding company based in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

    Beyond that, I'm a freelance writer, award-winning professional photographer, and certified American Canoe Association L4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor. Keep abreast of my paddling adventures via my Paddling Light blog, or by catching one of my photography workshops.

  • Australian-American, Twenty Two My first introduction to picture taking was in 2012. I’d borrowed my friend’s Canon 7D to photograph my travels in Japan, and to be honest I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I simply enjoyed experimenting with the camera. Ever since that cultural exchange, photography has been a major part of my life. As a young lad of twenty-two, my passion has taken me around the globe, where I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people and organizations, including the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, National Parks Traveler and many more in between. Having moved to Australia from the eastern United States at the age of ten, travel and other cultures has always fascinated me. As a teenager, I would flip through National Geographic magazines, and stare at the brilliant images from around the globe for hours on end. It wasn’t until a summer internship though at a photography agency in Los Angles, California, that I was able to see first hand everything that goes into a final production. I quickly realized behind the lens was exactly where I wanted to be. Curiosity and a lust to explore the world continue to drive me forward. Cognizant of the fact the industry is incredibly competitive and cutthroat, even more so in the digital age, I still can’t imagine doing anything else, nor would I ever want to. Sharing stories, and connecting my audience to people and places around the world drives me forward.

    Portfolio: www.jamesonclifton.com

  • I'm a native Californian, currently reside in the San Gabriel Valley, and I write a column about the Tournament of Roses for Examiner.com. I also write for local online and print media on that and other topics.

  • Dr. Harry A. Butowsky retired on June 30, 2012 from the National Park Service in Washington D.C. where he worked as an historian and manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site. He is the author of World War II in the Pacific, a National Historic Landmark Study, six other Landmark Studies as well as sixty articles on military, labor, science and constitutional history. Dr. Butowsky teaches History of World War I and World War II at George Mason University. His Ph.D. is from Univ. of Illinois.

    Dr. Butowsky now manages the National Park Service Electronic Library, npshistory.com.

  • My husband and I are retired and spend our time as volunteers in National Parks and Monuments. We love reading the "Traveler." It helps us to decide which park we would like to explore next!

  • Retired and courtesy blog for Military Travel Exchange who provides military flights, hotels, cruises and travel loans exclusively for military members and their families.

  • John Freemuth is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Boise State University. His primary academic interest is with the public lands of the United States. He wrote Islands Under Siege:National Parks and the Politics of External Threats. Currently his work gravitates towards puzzling out the relationship between science and public policy as it relates to issues surrounding the public lands. He wrote “Thoughts on the Role of Science in Public Policy Making” in Ecology and Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse: A Landscape Species and Its Habitats (University of California Press, 2011). He is working on two other projects, one a revision of his and Zachary Smith’s Environmental Politics and Policy in the West (UC Boulder,) and, the second, a set of essays titled “Public Lands in the Age of Ecology”. He chaired the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management, after being appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. And was the Senior Fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy from 1998-201, He is principal investigator on a grant from the United States Geological Survey working on improving the policy utility of GAP Analysis, Species Modelling and Protected Area data. He has also been a high school teacher, and seasonal park ranger. While a ranger, long ago, at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area he wrote “Wanderer for Beauty: Everett Ruess in the Glen Canyon Area”, a park interpretive handout and is glad Everett has yet to be found. He has a BA from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. He was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching /CAES of Professor of the Year for Idaho for 2001.

  • 51 down, 8 to go. (2 Hawaii, 1 AmSam, 5 AK)

  • Hi,

    My name is Steve and my wife and I run Acadianationalparks.com. we are both in love with the Maine woods and are still learning about what is in our back yard. Acadia National Park is our closest national park and we spend our free time cataloging the hiking trails and local businesses. Drop us a line so we can share some stories!

  • My husband and I roam the country full-time in our RV, searching for adventure.

  • Park Ranger Interpreter, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO) 2015

    Park Ranger Interpreter (Winter Seasonal) Dinosaur National Monument (DINO) (Feb-May 2014)

    Park Ranger Interpreter, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle WA (KLSE), 2010

  • I am a retired National Park Ranger, currently living in Arizona. Although I joined the Service later than most, I had a wonderful career:

    1994: Summer Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP, Nevada

    Winter Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Pecos NHP, New Mexico

    1995: Summer Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP,, Nevada

    Winter: Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Pecos NHP, New Mexico

    1995-2001: Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant, Fee Supervisor: Death Vallley NP,


    2002: Winter Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP, Nevada

    Summer Seasonal Lead Interpretive Park Ranger: Devils Tower NM, Wyoming

    2002-2011 Assistant District Interpreter, Needles District, : Canyonlands NP, Utah

    After retring in October, 2011, I purchased a 2005 35-ft. NuWa Hitchhiker Discover America 5th wheel trailer and a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD truck and set out for Apache Junction, Arizona, for the winter. I still winter there and for the first two summers I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wanting to be closer to friends, I moved to Lakeside, Arizona along the Mogollon Rim in June, 2014.

    Prior to my Park Service career, I worked in various engineering and air quality planning jobs from 1970-1993, in Texas, California and Arizona, but was never happy with my work endeavors. In 1980, I started attending night and weekend classes in archaeology and geology at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. In 1994, I transferred to The University of Arizona and graduated with a B.A. degree in Anthropology with a minor in Geology in May, 1995. Three weeks later, I began my Park service career. I enjoyed every minute of being a National Park Ranger.

    Now I fill my days with golf, more golf, hiking, biking, enjoying time with my friends and supporting NPS functions when I can. I also volunteer for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in northern New Mexico as an onboard docent interpreter.

  • We're authors of Falcon guides, "Hiking Acadia National Park" and "Best Easy Day Hikes Acadia National Park."

    We also blog about news, features and hikes at www.acadiaonmymind.com, and have a Facebook page, Acadia on My Mind, www.facebook.com/acadiaonmymind.

    And we have a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/channel/UCquUT125rqI8fKGZVl5CCNA/feed.

  • I live in New Mexico,but am originally from Indiana.

  • I'm not Jenning anymore! The transformation is complete. I am now... someone else.

  • Ray and Vicki sold their home of 30 years in Fort Collins Colorado and now slowly migrate across the USA in their motorcoach. Among the many pleasures of being travelers, Vicki and Ray enjoy volunteering at NPS visitor centers and collecting Passport stamps.

  • I go by Wulverine as I went to the U of Michigan (The Wolverines) but am slightly off! I am a physician from Florida who discovered the national parks while taking his kids and wife to Alaska for a land and see trip 5 years ago. Fell in love with Denali and the wilderness. Since then, I have been dragging my family on 3 vacations a year to visit national parks through out the US. I have been blessed to get 4 or more weeks of vacation off per year over the summer to do long road trips. So far, we have visited almost 200 national parks and will be around 225 after this summer is up. Also, we have around that many junior ranger badges. Always looking forward to the next trip!

  • Employed in NPS as Administrative Officer. 28.5 years with Park Service, primarily in the field of administration, in CA, UT, AK, AZ, NM, and ID. Traveled extensively to national parks throughout the U.S. and Marianas Islands.

  • Aggtelek National Park in Hungary is truly a unique park, with a sprawling and surprising cave system, an equestrian center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

    Aggtelek National Park in northeast Hungary features amazing karst caverns, a hucul horse riding centre, environmental education centers, and hiking and biking through Hungary's most interesting and unique landscape.

Aggtelek National Park is the only national park in Hungary established in order to first and foremost protect inanimate natural assets - karst formations and caves. The conservation of the territory began in 1978 when it was declared a "protected landscape area," and in 1985 it was recognized as a national park. Nineteen ninety-five was a significant year in the history of the national park as The Caves of the Aggtelek Karst and the Slovak Karst were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The surface disguises some 1200 caves, 280 of which can be found on the Hungarian side. The area richly deserves the extra layer of UNESCO protection on the grounds of the complexity, diversity and relatively intact conditions of its caves and formations. The total territory of the national park is more than 20000 hectares (77 square miles). It has also been a designated Ramsar Convention Site for the protection of wetlands and waterfowl.

  • Website: www.59nationalparks.com

    Twitter: @59nationalparks

    Email: 59nationalparks@gmail.com

    Business Name: Pics by Shelly LLC

    Telephone: 816.729.6610

    We are Don and Shelly Hafner from Kansas City, MO. We are professionals with advanced degrees. We have been married for 32 years. We have two adult sons and one grandson. We enjoy travelling together—always have. We have been to most of the states in the U.S. With this journey, we will complete one of our goals of going to all fifty. Additionally, we have travelled to numerous other countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Venezuela, and the UK. We have visited most of the Caribbean. Our favorite spot outside of the United States is Barbados. We also enjoy photography, cooking and the Kansas City Royals. Gluttons for punishment, we know.

    Our dream to visit all of the US National Parks in a short period of time evolved unexpectedly, but quickly. We reviewed a number of ideas, spoke with a number of people, and tweaked our plan many times. We hope to present a message of freedom and spirituality. Please do not expect political messages—there won’t be any. Our purpose is not to develop a review site. Rather we expect to tell the story of what it is like for two people to plan and make such a trip. Our journey will have an element of surprise. We are not going to publish our travel plans in advance. Rather, we will blog about and share photographs as we get to each National Park. We will begin at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014. We know where and when we are going to reach National Park #59. That will be July 4th, 2015. Please follow along to learn where we will be.

    In addition to www.59nationalparks.com, we will be making extensive use of social media. Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube. Our primary blog will feature National Parks. In addition, we will have a blog called “The Excellent Adventures of Bubba and Lilly”. Bubba and Lilly are our dogs. This blog is primarily for children though we hope that it appeals to all. We believe it is important for children to value our National Parks and to develop a desire to travel. There is no better way to learn.

    59nationalparkscom is a business venture. What we are doing fits well with many categories. We will be offering our best National Park photographs for sale on the site—matted and framed. We are in search of one national sponsor. Categories that work well are, but no limited to:

    • · National campground companies.

    • · Camping gear and outfitters.

    • · Recreational vehicle companies.

    • · Travel and tour companies.

    • · Photography companies.

    • · Pet suppliers.

    We have a business plan to share with interested parties.

    We are strong supporters of small businesses who rely upon the National Parks to make a living. We will have a unique webpage for each National Park. We will be offering limited advertising space for each park we visit on our website. Categories here could be local restaurants, coffee shops, outfitters, RV supplies, photography shops and independent camp grounds.

    We are also interested in affiliate marketing partners to work with on our website.

    Along the way we will be available to the press for interviews and appearances. We are also very interested in sharing our experiences with school children. Contact us at the email or phone number listed above.

    Finally we want to thank our web developer Phil Singleton for his enthusiastic support and excellent work on www.59nationalparks.com. Look at his work and services here: http://kcwebdesigner.com/

    We so look forward to our journey and from hearing from those who follow along.